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Miss America Winner Mallory Hagan
Mallory Hytes Hagan, an Alabama woman competing as Miss New York, won the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas Saturday night.
Saturday’s pageant featured 53 young women competing for the Miss America title. Finalists competed in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and, finally, personal interview.
Hagan, 23, earned the title of Miss New York City and then Miss New York while a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She grew up in Opelika and attended Auburn University, but now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She had also competed in the Miss Alabama Pageant several years ago.
Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers was first runner-up, followed by Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary.
The judging panel included teenage Olympic gold-medal gymnast McKayla Maroney, “Dancing With the Stars” dancer Cheryl Burke, former Miss America Katie Stam Irk, former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart and ABC weatherman Sam Champion. The judges were permitted to return one eliminated contestant to the semi-finalists’ pool, and they chose Washington’s Mandy Schendel.
Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan, a Decatur native and graduate of Samford University, was in the top 12.
Earlier in the week, Bryan won the pageant’s Quality of Life award for her platform P.A.W.S. for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-side. The former Miss Hoover received a $6,000
Moreover, Hagan’s platform was focused primarily on child sexual abuse.
According to various pageant websites, Hagan is originally from Opelika. She also studied at Auburn before moving to New York in 2008. Hagan has also competed in the Alabama pageant circuit before relocating, winning talent awards and becoming a runner-up with the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen & Miss Alabama Scholarship Competitions.
Hagan left these words with America: “Sandy may have swept away our shores, but never our spirit. I’m Miss New York, Mallory Hagan.”